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What You Should Already Know

The only things you need for this course are a decent pair of shoes and a desire to walk!

Important Notice

Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. Participants and their legal guardians understand and acknowledge that participation in any exercise program or related activities carries with it inherent dangers which may result in personal injury or even death. Participants and their legal guardians assume complete responsibility to (a) consult with a physician to ensure that there are no health-related reasons for problems which would preclude or restrict participant’s participation in a particular exercise program or related activities and (b) procure adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may directly or indirectly result from such participation. Accordingly, participants and their legal guardians assume all responsibility and risk associated with any participation in any exercise program or related activities.

Learning Outcomes

When you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Use currently available tools to plan, track and evaluate a walking fitness program
  2. Define what a healthy lifestyle entails:  Nutrition, exercise, proper rest, proper diet.
  3. Identify risks associated with reliance on performance-enhancing drugs, supplements, caffeinated exercise drinks.
  4. Participate in exercise forms (aerobic and anaerobic), list benefits and requirements of each.
  5. Training:  Slow and consistent exercise practices toward building for endurance and strength.
  6. Select types of walking best suited to your goals:  Therapeutic, recreational, fitness (dog walking, outside walking workout, home fitness workout, endurance walking, walking for weight loss).
  7. Engage in pre- and post-workout routines (stretching and cool-downs). Walking multiple times a day.
  8. Identify benefits of exercising outdoors with others (social, emotional,and physical).

Course Materials

This course does not require a textbook. Students will need proper clothing and shoes for walking.


This course utilizes a social fitness site to help develop a more active lifestyle. It will aid you in keeping a long-term walking and exercise log as well as build social connection with others working to stay active. You will be required to sign up for a free membership on MapMyWalk.com to complete this course. The sign up link and directions are located in this Welcome module of the course.

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Course Organization

Each lesson within the five units of this course consists of the following:

  1. Specific learning outcomes
  2. Discussion material
  3. Self Check questions, with answers and immediate feedback to help you prepare for the lesson assignment
  4. Walking time/mileage recorded in your MapMyWalk.com account

You should read each lesson carefully to ensure that you are able to complete the mastery check and the graded assignments. You will participate in a regular program of walking (45 days, 45-50 mins a day), and record your progress in your MapMyWalk.com account for submission. You will also be required to complete a final examination based on the coursework.


To help you be successful in this course, let’s examine the format you will be following. There are three types of assignments you will encounter in this course:

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Walking Log

To receive credit for this course, you will be required to walk for at least 45-50 minutes on a minimum of 45 days spread out over the duration of the course. In other words, if you walk 6 days a week it will take at least 8 weeks to complete the total number of required days.

Walking sessions including dates and duration must be recorded in MapMyWalk by the time that the Walking Log Assignments are submitted. It will be good practice to make sure they are recorded immediately following the walking session (or automatically using the smartphone app).


The final exam consists of forty-five questions. They are similar to the unit quiz questions in units 1 - 5. The “Final Exam Preparation” section gives more detail about the exam. There is no time limit on the exam and it is closed book. You cannot take the final exam until all the computer-graded assignments and instructor-graded assignments have been completed.

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The following tables will help you understand the grading scale. The first table is a percentage breakdown for each assignment. It shows what percentage of your final grade each assignment is worth. The second table shows the total percentage breakdown for your final grade.

Assignments Weight of Final Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 5%
Nutrition Log Submission 5%
Unit 2 Quiz 5%
Initial Walking Log Submission (First Two Weeks) 5%
Unit 3 Quiz 5%
Unit 4 Quiz 5%
Walking Journal Entry 5%
Unit 5 Quiz 5%
Walking Log - 45 days of exercise must be recorded 50%
Final Examination 10%
Grading Scale
A 100%–94%
A− 93%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–84%
B− 83%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–74%
C− 73%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–64%
D− 63%–60%
E (fail) 59%–0%

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 5 computer-graded assignments and 4 instructor-graded assignments, all of which may be resubmitted once for a fee

Unit quizzes, instructor-graded assignments, and the final exam are all required in order to pass the course. Because of the nature of this course, you will be expected to walk to receive credit. If you are not able to walk, then you should transfer to a different physical education course through Independent Study. You must have a minimum of forty-five walking sessions across forty-five days of activity, and at least 45-50 minutes per day to pass the course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

 If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office. 

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course. Because of the nature of some assignments, you may not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. 

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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